National simulation exercise for Xylella

November 14, 2018

Exercise Fastidious has begun in Brisbane today (14 November 2018). The exercise, funded by Hort Innovation, will test the response to the detection of Xylella fastidiosa, with a focus on the production nursery sector.

Participants will be asked to consider the technical feasibility eradication, complexes (e.g. the combination of Xylella and an insect vector), and whether there are any Australian native insect vectors of the disease. They will also develop a response strategy and translate this into a Response Plan.

There are 60 attendees at the two-day exercise with representatives from the Australian Government, all state and territory governments, 13 industries, PHA, Hort Innovation, CSIRO and five representatives from New Zealand (government and industry).

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